In a cricket obsessed nation, it is not one night journey to compete with other budding talents. It is extremely difficult to make a way and don the national jersey. But Virat Kohli, with his aggressive play and top skills, not only made a way to the Indian team and became its captain, but he also reached the top of the world cricket. In fact, Kohli is widely considered as one of the best cricketers in the world. The Virat Kohli records speak the story. He is leading the team India in the ongoing ICC World Cup in England and Wales. On that note, let us glance through on some top Virat Kohli records.
20Kohli’s side first to win ODI series in Australia
In January this year, Kohli became the first Indian skipper to win a bilateral ODI series in Australia. Prior to this, India had won Champions of Cricket in 1985 and the ODI tri-series in 2008 against Yellow Army. In the same year, Kohli also became the first skipper not to lose a series across all formats in kangaroo land.
19First Asian captain to win in Australia
The Test series victory in Australia this year made Virat Kohli the first Asian captain to win in Australia. India achieved a maiden win in Boxing Day Test. India became the first Asian side to enforce follow-on in Australia.
18Fastest 15,000 runs scorer
In a total of 304 matches, he has scored 15,000 runs becoming the fastest Indian player to reach that milestone against Sri Lanka.
17World’s fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs
In 2018, Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman ever to reach the 10,000 runs milestone in ODI after scoring a second consecutive century against West Indies. The skipper broke the record of his master and batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who had reached the landmark in 259 innings. He took 10years and 68 days to achieve this success. He achieved the mark of 10, 000 runs in 10,831 balls.
16Fastest to reach 10 Test tons among Indian captains
The heartthrob of Indian cricket took 44 innings to get to the landmark. He now stands ahead of the India’s legend Sunil Gavaskar who took 8 innings to reach the target. Australia’s Sir Donald Bradman leads the list with 26 innings.
15Most double hundreds as India’s Test Captain
Virat Kohli became the first Indian skipper to hit a double century in 84 years away from home, when he scored his maiden 200 in West Indies in 2016. He presently possesses the record of scoring the most number of double centuries (4) scored by an Indian captain. Brian Lara is scored the most double centuries (5) as Test captain.
14Fastest to score 1,000 runs as ODI skipper
Virat Kohli became the fastest to score 1,000 runs as an ODI captain in the third ODI against England in January, 2017. He surpassed AB de Villiers’ record of 18 innings.
13Most runs scored in T20 competition
Virat scored a enormous 973 runs in 16 matches during the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League. He holds the record for the most runs scored by a player in a T20 competition.
12Only man to score 4 hundreds in consecutive home ODIs
With a ton against New Zealand in October 2017 at Kanpur and three straight hundreds against West Indies, Kohli went past Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas to become the only player in the world to score four hundreds in consecutive home ODIs.
11Most runs scored in T20 in a single year
In 2016, Virat bagged a total of 641 runs in 15 T20 Internationals, the most runs scored by a cricketer in T20Is in a year.
10First man to average above 50
Among the 82 batsmen to have scored over 10,000 runs across formats in international cricket, he is the only one to have averaged above 50 (56.56).
9Most runs in T20 for India
With 2,263 runs in 67 matches, Virat holds the record for most runs for India in T20Is.
8Most centuries in ODIs before the age of 30
Before turning 30, Virat scored a total of 38 ODI centuries – the most by any cricketer at this age.
7Fastest to score 9,000 runs in international cricket
Kohli is the fastest to score 9000 ODI runs, reaching the milestone midway through his 194th innings. He broke the record held by AB de Villiers, who had achieved it in 205 innings.
6Highest number of centuries while chasing
Virat has the most number of tons (18) while chasing the target. He broke the record of Sachin Tendulkar (17). Sachin took 232 innings to make it whereas Virat took 102 to achieve it.
5Highest score by an Indian captain in Test
Three among the best five highest scores by an Indian captain in Test cricket belong to Virat. This includes a 243 against Sri Lanka in 2017 – the highest score by an Indian captain in Test cricket.
4Fastest to score 4,000 runs in Test as skipper
The captain of Indian Test team is the fastest man to score 4,000 runs as a skipper in Test format. He achieved this feat in 65 innings. Brian Lara sits second with 71 innings.
3First Indian captain to score a hundred and a duck in the same Test
During the first Test against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in 2018, Kohli got a weird record to his name. He became the first Indian captain to register a duck and score a century in the same match. Kohli, who failed to score in the first innings, came back stronger in the second innings to score an unbeaten 104. The match resulted in a draw.
2First man to score three ton in first three innings
Virat Kohli is the first cricketer to score three centuries in his first three innings as Test captain. He is also the second Test captain to score centuries in his first two Test innings after Australia’s Gregg Chappell.
1First to bag ICC’s top awards in single year
Virat Kohli is the first cricketer in the world to be awarded the top three ICC awards (Cricketer of the year, Test cricketer of the year and ODI cricketer of the year) in a single year.